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         On Thursday at Flushing Meadows, in the 2nd round of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion, 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, crushed, killed and destroyed the 2006 champion at Bangkok, 25 year old #80 (career high: #50) Vania King from Long Beach, California, 6-1, 6-0 (photo shown).

    Serena struck 25 winners (4 aces) with 15 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 11 break points she reached against Vania and totaling 59 points. Vania hit 5 winners (no aces) with 16 errors (3 DFs) while converting neither of the 2 break points she reached against Sharapova and totaling 29 points. match stats

    In the 3rd round on Saturday, Serena will play 28 year old #52 (career high: #19) Varvara Lepchenko from Allentown, Pennsylvania (birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan).

    Serena leads Varvara 2-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 3rd round at Rome, when Serena defeated Varvara 6-1, 6-2.

    Also on Thursday in New York, the 2013 US Open finalist (and 2013 & 2012 Australian Open champ), 25 year old 16th seeded #17 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2014 finalist at Acapulco, 22 year old #43 (career high: #24) Christina McHale from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 6-3, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Victoria said: "I think [Christina] started really well. I felt like I was a little bit, you know, watching too much and not aggressive enough. But she really picked her targets and went for her shots. It took me a little bit of time to get into the rhythm. And, you know, conditions weren't really easy. I think also I needed a little bit of a moment to adjust. But in the next match I've got to be able to do that earlier. But I'm glad I was able to turn things around and I stayed in the moment and really was working my way through and trying to find the rhythm and trying to find the game that I was playing. When things turned around, I really felt like I stepped it up and kept my composure." postmatch interview

    In the 3rd round on Saturday, Vika will play the 2013 Eastbourne and Hobart champion, 28 year old #51 (career high: #21) Elena Vesnina from Sochi, Russia.

    Victoria leads Elena 5-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was last year on red clay in the 1st round at Roland Garros, when Vika defeated Elena 6-1, 6-4.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 35 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 21 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: US Open

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
US Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $60,420; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n80 Vania King USA 6-1, 6-0 Thu
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n65 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-2, 6-1 Wed
n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n62 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-4, 6-2 Thu
*n40 Shuai Peng CHN d n5 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d n95 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n137 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-4 Wed
n8 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n81 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6(4)-7, 6-4 Thu
*n41 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n9 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 6-4 Thu
n10 s9 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n53 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 6-4 Wed
n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n125 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n12 s11 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n86 Shelby Rogers USA 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n14 s13 Sara Errani ITA d n219 q Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-4, 7-6(2) Wed
n15 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE d n147 q Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Wed
n16 s15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n39 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n17 s16 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n43 Christina McHale USA 6-3, 6-2 Thu
n18 s17 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n77 Polona Hercog SLO 6-1, 6-2 Thu
n19 s18 Andrea Petkovic GER d n63 Monica Puig PUR 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) Wed
n20 s19 Venus Williams USA d n78 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-1, 6-4 Wed
*n96 Johanna Larsson SWE d n22 s21 Sloane Stephens USA 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Wed
n23 s22 Alize Cornet FRA d n36 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*n136 wc Nicole Gibbs USA d n24 s23 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 6(6)-7, 6-3 Thu
*n49 Kaia Kanepi EST d n25 s24 Samantha Stosur AUS 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(8) Thu
n27 s26 Sabine Lisicki GER d n123 wc Madison Brengle USA 6-4, 6-1 Wed
*n143 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n28 s27 Madison Keys USA 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 Thu
n29 a28 Roberta Vinci ITA d n60 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed
n30 s29 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n139 q Qiang Wang CHN 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thu
n31 s30 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n69 M Niculescu ROU 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thu
*n59 Belinda Bencic SUI d n32 s31 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Wed
n46 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n1211 wc Catherine Cartan Bellis USA 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 Thu
n51 Elena Vesnina RUS d n82 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Thu
n52 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n54 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-0 Thu
n119 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n155 Shahar Peer ISR 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
US Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat 11am
loser's prize: $105,090; points: 130
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n52 Varvara Lepchenko USA Sat
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n119 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO Fri cG m2
n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE v n143 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB Sat
n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS v n27 s26 Sabine Lisicki GER Fri cAr m5 eve2
n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER v n59 Belinda Bencic SUI Fri c17 m2
n8 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN v n31 s30 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE Sat
n10 s9 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n96 Johanna Larsson SWE Fri cAs m1 11am
n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n19 s18 Andrea Petkovic GER Fri cG m4
n12 s11 Flavia Pennetta ITA v n136 wc Nicole Gibbs USA Sat
n14 s13 Sara Errani ITA v n20 s19 Venus Williams USA Fri cAs m2
n15 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE v n23 s22 Alize Cornet FRA Fri cAr m2
n16 s15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n49 Kaia Kanepi EST Sat
n17 s16 Victoria Azarenka BLR v n51 Elena Vesnina RUS Sat
n18 s17 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n46 Zarina Diyas KAZ Sat
n29 a28 Roberta Vinci ITA v n40 Shuai Peng CHN Fri cAr m1 11am
n30 s29 Casey Dellacqua AUS v n41 Karolina Pliskova CZE Sat
US Open, 4th Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $187,300; points: 240
US Open, QFs, Tues-Wed 11am & Noon
loser's prize: $370,250; points: 430
US Open, SFs, 1:45pm & 3:45pm
loser's prize: $730,000; points: 780
US Open, Final, Sun 4:30pm
loser's prize: $1,450,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: $3,000,000; points: 2000
US Open, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $250,000
winner's prize: $520,000

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US Open, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n2 Na Li CHN knee injury
n87 Victoria Duval USA Hodgkin's lymphoma
n94 Alisa Kleybanova RUS Hodgkin's lymphoma

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  WTA Aug 18-23: New Haven

New Haven:

#56 Magdalena Rybarikova
5' 11" 143lb RH 2H-BH
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#4 Petra Kvitova
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Connecticut Open, New Haven, CT PREMIER 700 $710,000 30m/48q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Saturday at Yale University, in the final of the Connecticut Open, the 2014 Wimbledon champion (and 2012 New Haven champ), 24 year old 2nd seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2013 champ at Washington, DC, 25 year old #56 (career high: #31) Magdalena Rybarikova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-4, 6-2 (Magda is shown during the match; Petra is shown getting to know the glassware afterward).

    Petra's prize is $120,000; Magdalena's prize is $64,000.

    Petra won all four of her matches at New Haven this year in straight sets (following a 1st round bye). She hit 31 winners in the final. She now has a 12-2 record at New Haven in the three years she has played there.

    Petra said: "Serving at 5-3 [in the 1st set], I knew I was serving for the set, so it's always a little bit difficult. I was a little bit hectic. It was quite new balls as well. There were a few times where I was pushing her, but then I would miss the last shot. I think I just lost my concentration a little bit at times in the first set. But the most important thing was I broke her for the set, and then kept my concentration." WTA story

    Petra now leads Magda 5-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2011 on red clay in the final of an ITF tourney at Prague, when Magdalena defeated Petra 6-3, 6-4.

    Petra is now 13-4 in WTA singles finals, and has a 30-12 singles match record in 2014.

    Magdalena is now 4-2 in WTA singles finals, and has a 17-23 singles match record this season.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 New Haven tourney page holds 26 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 6 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

WTA SCOREBOARD: New Haven

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
New Haven, SFs, Fri 1pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $33,865 US; points: 185
n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n22 wc Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-1
*n56 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n37 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-4
New Haven, Final, Sat 3pm+
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n56 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 6-2
New Haven, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
Andreja Klepac & Silvia Soler-Espinosa
    d Marina Erakovic & Arantxa Parra Santonja 7-5, 4-6, (10-7)

New Haven, Withdrawals
n16 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP gastrointestinal illness
n31 Shuai Zhang CHN right arm injury

  WTA Aug 11-17: Cincinnati

Cincinnati:

#10 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH
Cincinnati:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 155lb RH 2H-BH

W&S Open Cincinnati, OH PREMIER 5 $2,440,070 56m/48q/28d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2014 champion at Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane, 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2014 champ at Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 9th seeded #10 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6-4, 6-1 (Ana is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is $467,300; Ana's prize is $227,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Cincinnati tourney page holds 34 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 16 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 4-10: Montreal

Montreal:

#25 Venus Williams
6' 1" 160lb RH 2H-BH
Montreal:

#5 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH

Rogers Cup, Montreal, CAN PREMIER 5 $2,440,070 56m/48q/28d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Montreal, in the final of the Rogers Cup, the 2013 champ at Seoul, Sydney and Auckland, 25 year old 3rd seeded #5 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, defeated the 2014 champion at Dubai (and 5-time Wimbledon champion), 34 year old #25 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 6-4, 6-2 (Venus is shown during the match; Aga is shown holding the hardware afterward). Agnieszka's prize is $467,300; Venus's prize is $227,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Montreal tourney page holds 32 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 15 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA July 28-Aug 3: Stanford & DC

Stanford:

#8 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH
Stanford:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 155lb RH 2H-BH

BOTW Classic, Stanford, CA PREMIER 700 $710,000 28m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
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Citi Open Washington, D.C. INTL $250,000 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Stanford, in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, the 2014 Rome, Miami & Brisbane champ (and Stanford champion in 2011 & 2012), 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2013 Linz champion, 26 year old 3rd seeded #8 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 7-6(1), 6-3 (Angelique is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the bearware afterward). Serena's prize is $120,000; Angelique's prize is $64,000.

    At Washington, DC on Sunday, in the final of the Citi Open, the 2004 US Open (and 2009 French Open) champion, 28 year old 6th seeded #26 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won her first title in four years, defeating the 2014 champion at Rio de Janeiro, 22 year old #39 (career high: #38) Kurumi Nara from Hyogo, Japan, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Svetlana's prize is $43,000; Kurumi's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Stanford & Washington, DC tourney page holds 36 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 21 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
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      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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Lawn Tennis 1886 by James Dwight
Game of Lawn Tennis 1888 by "Cavendish" of The Field

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    (July 31, 2014) Australian Open champion and WTA #2 Li Na has withdrawn from the 2014 US Open. She has also withdrawn from the pre-US Open tourneys at Montreal and Cincinnati, all due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "I wanted to let all of my great fans know that unfortunately I am going to have to withdraw from the upcoming WTA events in Montréal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open... Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level. My medical team has advised me that I need to take some time off to rest my knee so it heals. I look forward to getting back on the court this fall in Wuhan and Beijing." Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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